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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lynn S. Bliss, PhD (Wayne State University)
Description: This book consists of 25 review chapters and research reports divided into six sections: developmental perspective; language impairment and psychiatric disorders; learning disabilities, concepts and heritability; biological considerations; intervention; and outcome studies. Hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and autism are highlighted. The communicative, emotional, social, biological, cognitive, and neurological aspects of these disorders are described.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore language dysfunction as it relates to learning disabilities and psychiatric disorders from a multidisciplinary perspective. The topics and issues are wide-reaching, current, and relevant to clinicians and researchers.
Audience: The book is intended for practitioners and researchers who are knowledgeable in the areas of language development and behavior, communication impairment, general behavior, and psychopathology. It could serve as a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Respected authorities have contributed chapters.
Features: The book contains text without illustrations. The material is presentable in a readable format with relevant and current references. Its breadth and comprehensiveness are its outstanding features.
Assessment: This well-written text would be a useful resource for clinicians and researchers. Advanced students would also benefit from the material. The strength of this edited volume is in the depth and breadth of the topics and the thoroughness with which the material is presented. It would be an asset to any medical or university library or facility.